About Planning An Intervention
An alcohol intervention, drug intervention, mental health intervention, or behavioral intervention is a powerful, proven process that saves lives. An intervention encourages a chemically or behaviorally dependent individual to pursue treatment. Through thoughtful conversations, strict ultimatums, or compassionate messages and letters from each member, an intervention is an act of love. Often, family members, friends, or business associates are unsure of the level of treatment needed for recovery. At VIP Recovery, we can help determine what works best for you and your loved one. Our devoted clinical team will consult, collaborate, and plan with families or businesses using information from each unique situation to prepare and strategize for the intervention and recommend the appropriate level of treatment.
The process begins with one person. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have a loved one or business associate engaging in harmful behaviors. During this difficult time, we will assist you every step of the way, including traveling throughout the U.S. to help guide the intervention and start the road to recovery.
Who Can An Intervention Help?
It’s extremely difficult to watch a loved one or employee engage in harmful behaviors. A professional intervention can help anyone suffering from addiction, substance use disorder, or mental illness. An intervention is especially helpful for individuals who have had thoughts of suicide, have a history of violence, or who engage in multiple types of drugs (polysubstance use disorder). Each case is extremely unique and personalized for each person. Depending on the issue, our caring and skilled specialists stage interventions that focus on different audiences, including:
- Celebrity and executive
- Mental health
- Substance intervention
Staging An Intervention Steps
Our intervention process involves confronting the chemically or behaviorally dependent individual on their behaviors while approaching the situation with care and concern. The intervention team works together in a training and planning session before the intervention. In the training session, we will:
- Strategize the type of intervention, such as family, workplace, celebrity or executive, mental health, adolescent, addiction, or substance use disorder
- Determine the structure of the intervention, such as The ARISE Model of intervention, The Johnson Model, or The Systemic Model
- Provide education about addiction, substance use disorder, or mental illness
- Discuss behavioral issues shown by the person and learning how to set boundaries
- Help prepare the intervention message, including statements/letters
- Organize the role of each member
- Rehearse the intervention before meeting with the person
- Create logistics for safely transporting the individual to a treatment center
- Plan how to help with the recovery and sobriety, such as rides to support meetings
It’s important to remember that an intervention should focus on love and concern so no matter how upset you are, it’s imperative to not yell, shame, be hurtful, or ambush an individual. We will help each person learn how to discuss their feelings, and in some cases, we may work with the group members to find additional therapy sessions. This will help everyone start to heal.
What Happens Next?
After planning and rehearsing the intervention, the group members will meet with the individual to discuss his or her behaviors, and how they impact the members. An intervention ends as soon as the person admits they have a problem. Depending on the structure decided during the planning portion of the intervention, group members may attend multiple intervention sessions or one session. Once the person is no longer in denial, we will safely move him or her to a treatment center to start the path to recovery.
Sometimes, an intervention is not successful. A person must willingly accept they have a problem before treatment. In some cases, an individual may walk out before the intervention is complete, which could strain the relationship even more. Before the intervention and afterward, we will help you prepare emotionally, learn how to not enable the individual, and help you remain positive and hopeful. At VIP Recovery, we lead these impactful conversations to hopefully motivate the individual to seek treatment and start rebuilding relationships.
Planning The Road To Recovery
A well-structured intervention is the first step to recovery. By developing boundaries, creating behavioral changes within the family dynamic or with friends, and following our directions, we can all work together to hold a loved one accountable. Let us help the healing begin. A caring person is waiting for your call.